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Closing Scheduled on Sale of Failed Beef Plant

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – A bankruptcy judge has set a closing date for the sale of a failed South Dakota beef packing plant. A San Francisco-based investment banking firm still holds the top bid of $44.4 million for Northern Beef Packers, the Aberdeen plant that filed for bankruptcy last summer because it lacked money...
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Calving Season Brings Hope to Western SD Ranchers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The arrival of spring calving season in western South Dakota is bringing hope to livestock ranchers whose herds were decimated by last fall’s unexpected blizzard. Rancher Chuck O’Connor lost 45 cows and 50 calves in the two-day October storm, which first brought rain and then dumped up to 4...
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South Dakota Cattle on Feed Up 4 Percent From 2013

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota feedlots with capacities of 1,000 or more animals reported 240,000 cattle on feed on March 1, up 4 percent from last year. The Agriculture Department says in its latest report that placements in feedlots during February totaled 39,000 head, down 13 percent from 2013. Marketings of fed...
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Honey Production Same in ND, Down Slightly in SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Honey production in 2013 was unchanged in North Dakota and down slightly in South Dakota. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 2013 production from South Dakota producers with five or more colonies totaled 14.8 million pounds, down 9 percent from 2012. There were 265,000 honey producing colonies in South...
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